Making your own soap is very satisfying. Not only can you choose what kind of soap base you use, you can also choose from endless possibilities of scents, colors and textures. And even better? You get to share your handmade delicious smelling creations with friends and family. The official process of making soap from scratch is rather involved (remember Fight Club?). But there are a lot of resources (Amazon, craft stores) that sell “melt and pour” bases, that you literally just melt and add your desired colors, scents, textures (oats, poppy-seeds, dried flowers etc) and pour into molds. It’s a much easier and faster method–but you can still get very creative with your soap.
2 lb goat’s milk melt-and-pour soap base (I found mine on Amazon, this yields about 6-8 bars for me in a 3.8 oz bar mold)
1 lemon rind, zested
3 tablespoons of dried lavender buds
2 tablespoons of honey
15 drops of lavender essential oil
6 drops of lemon essential oil
Jar or bowl for melting soap base (in microwave or double boiler)
Grater (for zesting)
Here’s how to do it:
Chop soap into smaller pieces. It will melt faster this way. Place in bowl and microwave (or double boil). Be careful to watch soap and not let it burn. If you are using microwave, heat in 30 second increments, stirring frequently.
Zest your lemon. Be sure to wrap in a paper towel and press out any extra fluid. This prevents it from clumping together in your soap. Side note: the glycerine in the goat milk soap base acts as a preservative and keeps the lemon rind from molding.
While your soap chunks are in the microwave (or double boiler), measure out your lemon zest, lavender and honey in small bowls for easy adding once your soap is melted.
Once soap is melted add your essential oils first.
Once essential oils have been added and mixed thoroughly, add the lavender buds, lemon zest and honey.
Have your mold ready to go, on a flat, even surface. You’ll want to move quickly before the soap cools too much. Mix everything thoroughly again, and pour mixture into mold.
Once mixture is poured into mold, I like to sprinkle extra lavender buds on top for aesthetics. Do so while it’s still warm so buds solidify with soap. Let the soap cool for 2-3 hours until bars are completely solid. You might want to give it an extra couple hours just to be sure!
Pop each bar carefully out of the mold. Take a sniff! You did it. Whew.
Wrap or package however you like.
Enjoy your new melt and pour soap skills!